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Your city and its movement, tracked with GPS and rendered as stunning art.

You are not looking at a traditional map, you're looking at where real people go during a day.

Close up of San Francisco poster. Notice the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge
Close up of San Francisco poster. Notice the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, Chicago and New York oversize posters mounted on foam board
San Francisco, Chicago and New York oversize posters mounted on foam board

We start with many thousands of GPS traces from people moving around your city. Then we cook them using open source software and bake them in to the posters you see. Each black line is a unique journey. When paths cross they tell a story; the pulse of a city.

I can make a print of your city, town, state or even the whole USA. I have data to produce prints for the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Pick your size, pick your place.

London print framed and hanging on a wall
London print framed and hanging on a wall

One of the powers of these posters is that they are fractal; they work from a distance and up close equally well. They pull you in to examining them, starting a conversation: Where is that? What road is there?

The USA. Can you see the interstates? (looks much better printed at high resolution)
The USA. Can you see the interstates? (looks much better printed at high resolution)

These posters are filled with intricate detail. Since every GPS device has a little bit of error the traces get layered on top of each other in a tapestry even when two devices travel the same path. What does that mean? It means freeways and well-travelled routes automatically appear thicker than other routes.

You can see midtown in NYC is busy, that the 101 in SF is high-traffic and the stark distinction between land and water in Chicago.

The prints themselves use acid-free archival-grade paper and high quality ink. Posters are not framed and will have a plain border to facilitate framing.

London. Can you see the Thames river?
London. Can you see the Thames river?
Berlin. Can you spot an airport?
Berlin. Can you spot an airport?

Remember, these can be printed for any spot, at any scale (zoom level) you like within the US and the countries in Europe mentioned above.

Most of the rewards are for major cities, states and countries only. That means that if five people want San Francisco then I'll do the same print five times. If you're looking for customized location, scale (zoom) and paper sizes I've added a top-end reward for that too since that gives me the time to get them right.

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I have the printing pretty much nailed through many iterations over many months; getting the paper, ink and software just right.

I'm working with a great print shop but ideally would like to buy a large format printer. Depending on where we get with funding it will be one or the other. Either way, the prints will be the same high quality.

The unknown is most likely to be the shipping efforts and logistics depending on the number of prints that need to be created. I have some experience here, but the next level means things like printing my own shipping labels and things like that.

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